'Dope Dawg' Decades
ROOF! Doin' it doggy style -- U.S. Customs Coast Guard Dope Dog -- nicknamed "Buster," like all dope-sniffin' dogs he's got a habit, trained to have to have it. Pick up the tracks of the traffiker,
And track 'em like a rabbit up the coastline! Canine controlled substance retriever.
Receiver of the Golden Nose Award, for leadin' 'em to the cash, cashin' in on the stash. Now he's in line for his issue of the booty. Never do a line in the line of duty
Today, our nation is fighting two wars: one abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens.
I am speaking of the war on drugs. And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: The war on drugs is
-- He's a dope dog!
U.S. customs coast guard dope dog,
Keen sense of smell, trackin' the tell-tale trails of cartels, dope boats, big dope
Never a gram or OZ, kilo -- too low key,
Gotta be tons of P-blow, bales of 'lumbo.
When other dogs, sniff at one another's tails,
He can track the profits from a dope sale straight to the Stank account.
Big Banks, bankin' on laundering, the dirty money not stinkin' he follows his nose.
And as the wind blows, he get a whiff, he take a sniff.
A dope dog -- a dope dog
Old Mac Uncle had some drugs,
And with those drugs he bought some arms
It was a bang, bang here and a snort, snort there. Here a bang, there a snort. Bangs and snorts everywhere. Old Mac Uncle starts a war!
But the war on drugs is hell on a dope dog's nose. It smells were the nose goes when the doors close
And the dealer want to hide the dope. In the booty, in the twat. Then they squat and make the dog sniff their bowel. Foul, as they fart in his face. Damn for a shitty half gram -- a dope dog.
Out of the toxic waste comes a fox that wastes no time. A genetically improved smell capability.
The long and dragging tales of the possibilities of cloned canine. Conceived under the influence of toxic wasted doctors. Computer bugs debuggin' devices and vice verses and various viruses.
And until his retirement don't mention, no requirement nowhere in his pension for the upkeep. The keeping up of the habit. The system have a habit of making sure you get, a habit that can't be kept up with unless you're a dope dog -- a dope dog, a dope dog -- An undercover NARC with a bark.
He took a bite out of crime. Posin' as a seein' eye dog he bit the blind, the man with the cane in the coke. Soon as the dope boats float, the media goes comatose. Unrelated over-the-counter overdose now becomes drug-related, aided and abetted by a lot of apprehension and indifference. The bigger the headache the bigger the pill -- take your medicine 'cause you gonna be ILL when I tell you the deal on dope. There's more profit in pretending that we're stopping it, than selling it. Selling out, we're in for the shock of a lifetime. Stop, and we might find faces in primetime. The faces of yours and mine. Over the counter, under the counter. On accounta the drugs, it's not the drugs that drag you through the mud. It's the money -- It ain't funny!
Old Mac Uncle has a bank, drugs are sure to flow -- BCC-I-CIA-DEA-IO
He can smell the cargo on the boats and the planes and trains and thangs -- a dope dog!

While the politicians stutter and stall - while they chase their losses by claiming we could win this war if only we committed more resources, jailed more people and knocked down more doors - the Drug Policy Alliance continues to tell the American people the truth - "the way it is."
...In Tulia, Texas, an investigator fabricated evidence that sent more than one out of every ten of the town's African American residents to jail on trumped-up drug charges in one of the most despicable travesties of justice this reporter has ever seen.
The federal government has fought terminally ill patients whose doctors say medical marijuana could provide a modicum of relief from their suffering - as though a cancer patient who uses marijuana to relieve the wrenching nausea caused by chemotherapy is somehow a criminal who threatens the public.
People who do genuinely have a problem with drugs, meanwhile, are being imprisoned when what they really need is treatment. And what is the impact of this policy? It surely hasn't made our streets safer. Instead, we have locked up literally millions of people...disproportionately people of color...who have caused little or no harm to others - wasting resources that could be used for counter-terrorism, reducing violent crime, or catching white-collar criminals.
With police wielding unprecedented powers to invade privacy, tap phones and conduct searches seemingly at random, our civil liberties are in a very precarious condition. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on this effort - with no one held accountable for its failure.
Amid the clichés of the drug war, our country has lost sight of the scientific facts. Amid the frantic rhetoric of our leaders, we've become blind to reality:
The war on drugs, as it is currently fought, is too expensive, and too inhumane. But nothing will change until someone has the courage to stand up and say what so many politicians privately know: The war on drugs has failed.
That's where the Drug Policy Alliance comes in. From Capitol Hill to statehouses to the media, DPA counters the hysteria of the drug war with thoughtful, accurate analysis about the true dangers of drugs, and by fighting for desperately needed on-the-ground reforms...In these and so many other ways, DPA is working to end the war on drugs and replace it with a new drug policy based on science, compassion, health and human rights...But they can't do it alone.
That's why I urge you to send as generous a contribution as you possibly can to the Drug Policy Alliance. Americans are paying too high a price in lives and liberty for a failing war on drugs about which our leaders have lost all sense of proportion.
The Drug Policy Alliance is the one organization telling the truth. They need you with them every step of the way. And that's the way it is.

All words by Walter Cronkite & George Clinton are property of their copyright holders, and are abridged here for comparison and contrast.
Digital imagry by Michael R. Evans from personal photos and extensively reworked imagry found on the Internet.